We're adding African American software, blackSoftware and Ethnic Software to the planet. You have come to the right place to get some. blackSoftware, Inc. is an African-American owned organization.
Follow us on Twitter at @blacksoftware Tweets. The journey is underway. A new genre of software is being born. As the universe expands, so do software choices for home and school. Corporations marry marketing objectives in their use of ethnic software. blackSoftware has a history. Perhaps the widest distributed blackSoftware product to date is the Encarta Africana CD-ROM released in 1998 on the coattails of its Harvard University affiliated authors, however short-lived it was.
blackSoftware contains black culture and black people. People ask us what is it? At first, blackSoftware was made exclusively by American Blacks because they were motivated to create it. Today, any creative thinker or coder can make a blackSoftware product. The Pan African community is ripe for digesting ethnic software.
We have Sungo, an African counting game. to wit: blackSoftware, like black literature, black movies, and black fine art, exists within its own domain. Its is a genre onto it self, although gatekeepers and definers of cultural trends argue that blackSoftware is a NEOLOGISM, but this is not true. It is not true because their knowledge base is informed soley by their ability to find third party references in a narrow universe of thought when they make comparatives about something new.
Who convinced APPLE to add colored, ethnic software EMOTICONS to IOS version 8? Let's not clap for Apple yet for it was a tiny firm in Mauritus who made these black emoticons first said @okayafrica.
Black Images r Software
In the age of questioning diversity in high tech, a Slack platform programmer was noticed for making a few observations with graphics like these.
We see a black hand on a smartphone and everybody knows what that is. But did you ever see a Black person standing in line at Ellis Island as the Irish, Germans, Italians and other European immigrants were being admitted to the United States? Of course you did if they were from Barbados but you would not have seen a BLACK person from Italy come through -- that is, not until you see it a blackSoftware product design.
The next image of boy in the middle is a derivative portrayal from an unknown artist about a black kid he or she sees among a sea of other kids. Images like this are likely to be used near Disney like brands. This is not the future look for authentic blackSoftware, but we get the picture.
CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III
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Released November 6th, Call of Duty: Black Ops III generated $550 million in sales. Call of Duty: Black Ops III was the biggest entertainment launch of all movies, film and product launches in 2015 said the company.
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Playback movies, read books, play games, read your emails and surf the web over WIFI. Contains software apps for kids and adults. Its a tough unit that is likely to survive a drop on the floor.
Star Wars is back starring a black character in the lead. This is huge. New York Times best selling author Ta Nehisi, a 2015 MacArthur Genius award winner, is writing new episodes for the Marvel comic company.
In our archives is the first Black software advertising brochure ever made for a software package.
Have you heard of Mavis Beacon Typing Tutor? MAVIS BEACON is a real Black woman.
The Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing software title began selling in 1985. The face on the retail box package was adapted from a model and Haitian-born Renee Lesperance, a Black woman who was discovered by one of the software developers at Saks 5th Avenue in 1995 at Beverly Hills, California.
Ms Lesperance's face became the symbol of Mavis. She was chosen because the software developer's favorite singer is Mavis Staples and Renee reminded him of her.
African American art screen saver demo
ASHAWARE'S AfroCentric Software Suite Version 5.0 review is released and I wrote A REVIEW of the product.
The URBAN CLIP ART kit includes 350 Black clip art color images. Image types are Black church clip art, business clip art, fashion clip art, latino clip art and hip hope clipart.
The product is shrink-wrapped in a sturdy well-illustrated package. You can immediately begin selecting images and copying them onto your work after you open it. All you do is drag and drop images where you need them. There's no additional software to install.
The disc has 4 folders named urban clip art in JPG, PNG and WMF and a folder named Urban Templates and a file titled "License.rtf."
Feeling adventurous, I chose the View Them as a Slide Show disc insertation pop-up option. After a few seconds, one image appeared,stayed on the screen for seconds, then another clip art image appeared. The slide show was on! It was time to sit back and watch the images fly by to get a feel for you'll get.
About the Images
I took in the first twenty images, turned and climbed back into this review I'm writing to tell you what I saw so far. The first twenty images were people represented equally by men and women. Not one of the first 20 images of people was younger then 20. Most likely there are clip art images of children on the disc, but I hadn't seen them yet.
One image sticks out in my head as very memorable. It was the clip art image of a Black woman with a bush of gold colored hair. She could have easily been Hispanic, Latino, African-American, Indian, White, Black Jewish, or mixed. It was a side view of her and the bush was a big as Angela Davis's bush. Now, the men clip art images were not recognizable men, in my opinion. Its been my experience that people who are shopping for clip art have an idea of what they are looking for and aren't too willing to choose from the vanguard unless their creative work demands it.
I hear people tell me they don't want cartoonish-looking characters. People that do are unique in BlackSoftware.com's Black clip art client universe. At least, it has not been the norm for our followers to want a stem-winder of an image. The more the artwork is like a real person from around the neighborhood or across town, the more likely people will want it. On this disc, the images of men and most women in the first twenty pieces were stemwinders.
Most of the characters were unusual. I had to stretch my imagination to see how I could use any of these hip-hop type urban clip art images in creative work I'm likely to work with.
EUREKA! I've discovered a perfect pitch for the stem winders. Consider using them to replace your social media profile pics when you want a change.
Traditionally, my interest is in print and web image use. I don't think the first batch of clip art images I am viewing relate to hip-hop or hipster culture, but they try. I think they are relating to the characters you see in a Fat Albert cartoon tv show or in a Flintstones comic book. They don't look like real people - the artist knows that these are visual examples of what he saw or was instructed to draw. I'm looking for images that look like real people in life. Let's keep looking.
Now, I'm excited!! I've rolled through the next 30 images on the disc. I see some exciting images among them. They appear after the two image panels titled "mind" and "spirit" as the slide show cntinues. There are at least 6 really good ones in that set and they are equally divided between men and women.
Take a look at these images:
- Black man image
- Black woman image
There are more adult images than children on the CD.
The Urban Clip Art product has 350 images and 10 design templates. Considering the above, we have reviewed the first 60 clip art images of the 350 total in the product. We are not covering the templates in this review. We're stopping here on content coverage. You can explore this product and I'll betcha you'll find items you like.
For more images, buy the product here.
Image Sizes - the Urban Clip Art product images are at least 2,550 pixels wide by 3,330 pixels high. Depending on their orientation they can be larger.
the license agreement
Now, we take a look at wording in the clip art disc license agreement file enclosed. We don't like its software license. There is no reason why anyone who sells content for a creative universe should include limitations on how they intend it to be used. The conflict is - the box cover describes what's in the box and how the software should be used while the license agreement disagrees with the freedom of its intended use.
Take a look at these parts of the Urban Clip Art package software license where it says: you may not use the software on or over a network ...skip. You may not copy the printed materials accompanying the Software or distribute printed copies of any user documentation provided in electronic format.....skip. And it says .. you may not publicly perform or publicly display the Software...
Where the license refers to "software," this is not software. Its a collection of files that have certain rights -- but, there is NO programming code in the package at all and software has programming code. There is no executable SETUP.EXE software installation file in the package. The publisher fails to consider how the product will be used when they selected the wording for the license they have enclosed.
This Urban Clip Art product "license agreement" should consider using a more appropriate license. Rather than read as it is, I like the one below that I wrote.
"This license allows for redistribution, commercial and non-commercial, as long as it is passed along unchanged and in whole, with credit to the manufacturer).
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reviewed by William Murrell